Derenoncourt California

2009 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

How does one marshal the words necessary to depict an experience of the sublime? Like trying to convey the beauty of a concerto by way of a printed score, this heart-stopping Cabernet is one of those rare wines that seem to defy description. Sourced from a tiny parcel in one of Napa’s most hallowed vineyards, nestled among pine and redwoods high atop Howell Mountain, the wine offers a masterclass in Cabernet: profound richness lifted by luscious acidity, supple tannins enveloping the mouth like warm satin, power wedded with precision, stately and pure – and a finish that resonates through the palate like the final chord of Beethoven’s Ninth ringing through a cathedral. Offering flavors of freshly picked blackberries, minced mint leaves, and ground espresso beans, this is one of Stéphane’s most stirring wine yet.

95 cases produced. Sold Out.

“The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is loaded with dark, brooding intensity. Graphite, pencil shavings, mint, plums and black cherries emerge from a wall of powerful, yet well balanced tannins. Layers of rich, blue and black fruit flow through to the effortless, full-bodied finish...quite striking.“– 94 points
– The Wine Advocate, Dec. 2012 (Antonio Galloni)